Thursday, May 23, 2013

50 Insurgents Including Three Taliban Leaders Killed in Helmand Clashes

Lejay is located in the Baghran valley, in Hel...
Districts of Helmand Province. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Around 50 insurgents including three Taliban leaders were killed during the three-day clash at Sangin district in southern Helmand province, local officials said on Wednesday. 18 other insurgents were injured in the clash.

The Governor of Southern Helmand province Mohammad Naeem at a press conference in the capital of the province Lashkargah, said that the clash started on Monday in Sangin district and is still continuing in certain parts of the district.

"The insurgents form their forces by recruiting people from everywhere, many insurgents are from Sangin and some are even taken in from the adjoining provinces like Kandahar and Helmand. This is not all; good numbers of foreigners are also taken into the insurgent's force. The preliminary assessments showed that there were several insurgents involved in the clash," the Governor told reporters.

Five security forces were killed and nine others injured in the clash, according to the Governor.

The Governor added that foreign security forces are not involved in the clash, only Afghan security forces are fighting against the insurgent groups.

He said that the clash had started on Monday when many insurgents gathered in the Sangin district to plan their insurgency activities both in Helmand and Kandahar provinces.

Currently, the clashes are continuing in 13 parts of the district.

The Governor has asked all security organizations to help them clean the district of these insurgents.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013 16:08
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 May 2013 17:33
Written by Saboory Ghafoor; Edited by Kabir Goswami

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